China’s ascent

FT “Donald Trump’s trade tirades show his mastery of the message”

Thanks Rana, an excellent perspective. Let’s first dispense with that I consider Trump to be completely unfit for the office he occupies and consider him to be the largest actual threat to US national security and international well being. Having said that though, he is striking out with energy and agenda in an indomitable way and …

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Whither China?

Very relevant here: China faces a “demographic timebomb” as they say with more than a third of all Chinese projected to be over the age of 60 in 2050 with a median age of almost 50. The following Economist article is very telling: http://www.economist.com/node/21553056 I agree that the Chinese authorities have proven to be eminently …

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The NSA’s snooping is highly beneficial

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f6e9e228-d1b8-11e2-9336-00144feab7de.html Dear Gideon, you tackled the issue in grand style. This is the sort of argument people need to hear. “nor can I think of any prominent news story in which the snooper state has ensnared or blackmailed some innocent party.” Indeed not when the snooper state is accountable. But you can find many prominent …

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Dong Feng anti carrier missiles

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/04/taiwans-return-to-the-security-spotlight/ The (DF-21D) missile’s estimated range is 1700km (far beyond Japan, up to Brunei), the maximum claimed range could have it hit a carrier in the Java sea and (from far-western China) the Persian Gulf. Still, imagine the Chinese would be so bold. Even if the response wouldn’t be crushing, China actually needs the US …

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China’s direction

China is buying more than enough US debt for it to be financing the US navy’s guarantee of global freedom of navigation. For China it is an abrasive security relationship, but they have no alternative. An early signal to see if China will assume its responsibility would be for the hacking divisions in the PLA …

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